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OTRC: 'Super 8' wins Friday box office with $12.2 million

Kyle Chandler, Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning and Ron Eldard appear in a still from 'Super 8.' (Paramount Pictures / Francois Duhamel)

The J.J. Abrams science fiction flick "Super 8" took the top spot for Friday at the box office, knocking "X-Men: First Class" down to the No. 2 position.

"Super 8," which stars Elle Fanning, Joel Courtney and Kyle Chandler, took in $12.2 million on Friday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The industry paper estimates the Steven Spielberg-produced film might go on to earn $36 million for its weekend total, including the $1 million earned in Thursday sneak previews. "Super 8" was produced for $50 million and the studio predicted an opening between $25 million and $30 million.

"Super 8" takes place in a small-town in Ohio in 1979, where a group of youngsters witness a train crash while making a zombie movie on their Super 8 camera. Following the crash, disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town.

Meanwhile, "X-Men: First Class," nabbed second place on Friday, earning an additional $8 million. The prequel is expected to earn $27 million over the weekend.

On Friday, both "The Hangover Part II" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" crossed the $200 million mark. "The Hangover Part II" stayed strong in third place, earning an estimated $5.7 million in its third Friday with a domestic cume of $203.8 million.

In fourth place is the animated film "Kung Fu Panda 2," which features the voice of Angelina Jolie and Jack Black. The Dreamworks movie earned $5.7 million to raise its domestic total to $203.8 million.

"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" with Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz earned $3.1 million to land in fifth place. The film has earned a domestic total of $201.1 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Check out the trailer for "Super 8" below.

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